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December 18, 2012
Karnataka 619 for 8 dec (Gautam 257, Rahul 157, Binny 85, Pandey 53) and 81 for 3 drew with Vidarbha 447 (Ubarhande 137, S Shrivastava 97, SS Das 53, Mithun 4-60)
After a strong showing on day three, the Vidarbha batting subsided on the final day to concede a lead of 172 to Karnataka in Mysore. Abhimanyu Mithun picked up four wickets and did not let the absence of the captain Vinay Kumar, nursing a sore ankle, impact Karnataka's prospects of pocketing three points. Mithun dismissed the overnight batsmen Amol Ubarhande and Shalabh Shrivastava, with the third-wicket stand coming to an end on 228. Vidarbha lost wickets regularly after that; their captain Sairaj Bahutule soon ran out of partners and was stranded on 48. Karnataka did not enforce the follow-on and lost three wickets in their inconsequential second innings before the game was called off. The sides are separated by a point, with Karnataka placed fifth and Vidarbha seventh.
Baroda 208 (Rayudu 54, Vahora 47, Mahesh 5-26) and 260 (Rayudu 66, Kaushik 4-62) drew with Tamil Nadu 230 (Prasanna 75, Aparajith 62, Vahora 4-36) and 108 for 2
Faced with a target of 239 in 41 overs and missing S Badrinath, having a back spasm, Tamil Nadu settled for three points against Baroda at the Moti Bagh ground. After losing M Vijay and Dinesh Karthik cheaply in the chase, Abhinav Mukund and Baba Aparajith progressively slowed down in their 76-run stand. Tamil Nadu would have eyed a smaller target but the Baroda captain Ambati Rayudu resisted solidly during his 66 off 146 deliveries and the last pair of Murtuja Vahora (38) and Bhargav Bhatt (22), after putting on 80 in the first innings, added another 35 in the second to extend the hosts' innings. Baroda are second with 21 points while Tamil Nadu are sixth with 13.
Uttar Pradesh 227 (Alam 52, Raina 49, Mohit 5-47) and 348 (Dwivedi 121, T Srivastava 73, Parvinder 64, Harshal 4-100) drew with Haryana 276 (Dewan 93, Joginder 65, Rajpoot 6-68) and 106 for 3 (Saini 68)
Eklavya Dwivedi's maiden first-class hundred, and his 146-run fifth-wicket stand with Parvinder Singh ensured Uttar Pradesh took a point from their drawn game against Haryana in Lucknow. The hosts had already conceded the first-innings lead on day two. The allrounder Joginder Sharma, in his comeback game after an accident last year, broke the partnership by having Parvinder caught behind. Dwivedi was run out and Harshal Patel ran through the tail to finish with four wickets. Nitin Saini helped himself to a fifty when Haryana came out to bat and the game ended after 43 overs of the visitors' second innings. Uttar Pradesh lead the group while Haryana are two points above bottom-placed Maharashtra.
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